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The Miller Apartment Building

Client: Urban Canvas

Location: Onehunga, Auckland

Completed: Underway

Services provided: Architecture and Design / Collaboration for Revit (C4R) Management

The task

Hampton Jones has designed a stylish yet affordable and sustainably-focused apartment building in a sought-after Auckland location. The medium-rise structure is innovative both in its timber construction methodology and in Hampton Jones’s use of C4R (Collaboration for Revit) technology.

The six-story building is comprised of a CLT timber frame with a precast concrete wall which has allowed for an increased number of apartments, as well as increased apartment sizes. Our current cost for construction is market leading because a ‘simplicity of construction’ approach has been utilised; ensuring a minimum construction period, reduced costs and an ease of build and maintenance.

Sustainability has been a key focus for this project; utilising timber rather than concrete or steel has a lower environmental impact as timber is a renewable resource and has a lower overall cost. Other sustainable attributes include solar panels, cycle storage facilities, a large recycling station and the location near public transport routes which aims to encourage alternative means of travel.

Our thinking

Hampton Jones is one of the first practices in New Zealand to fully implement BIM capabilities utilising C4R (Collaboration for Revit) with prefabricated design. Our team of architectural and interior designers have worked in unison to deliver a challenging, innovative design; both in terms of materials and technology.

Adopting this integrated design approach allows the team, contractors and main suppliers to actively participate in the solution, working together to create a fully collaborative BIM model. All design information is managed by Hampton Jones in the C4R platform (accessible 24/7) which allows for a total integration of services and provides the client and team with immediate updates, clash detection and change notification online in real-time. This design methodology has avoided numerous design pitfalls and has encouraged collaboration and innovation to the benefit of the project. This has gone a long way to achieving our target of a high-quality building at a market-leading construction cost.

The result

Hampton Jones have provided an innovative tall timber building design. The aim for this project is to be the tallest timber building in Auckland. Currently the world’s tallest timber building is a 14 storey apartment block in Norway.

Hampton Jones have also utilised Virtual Reality (VR) technology to demonstrate the proposed building in model form to the client. This has allowed them to fully experience the building; walk through it, look out the windows; before it exists in reality. The client was blown away and will look to use VR as part of their sales and marketing strategy.